Deadline: March 1, 2018
Applications are open for the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program 2018. The Program founded in 1986, offers professional science journalists, writers, editors, and broadcast journalists a chance to forget about story deadlines and immerse themselves in the process of basic biomedical and environmental research.
The program offers journalists the choice between two introductory, intensive research courses held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and nearby field sites:
- Biomedical Hands-On Research Course: This program plunges journalists into the fascinating world of biological research in one of the most dynamic settings for scientific discovery in the world. Learn about the science at the heart of your stories by doing it alongside scientists at the MBL.
- Environmental Hands-On Research Course: Participants experience field and laboratory science immersion at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world center for marine, biomedical, and environmental science, and at an environmental field research site on Cape Cod.
- Chicago Fellowships: Up to four fellows will be selected to spend an additional four days at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2018. The Chicago Fellows will attend the Science of Innovation Summit, which is designed to expose journalists to the inventions likely to positively impact human life and our planet a decade from now.
Funding and Support
- Financial support for Fellows includes travel to and from Woods Hole, housing, meals, and all costs associated with the Hands-On Research Course and other program activities;
- Fellows from other countries are responsible for paying fellowships taxes for foreign nationals. Support for Chicago Fellows includes travel to and from Chicago, housing, meals, and costs associated with the summit.
- Applicants must be professional science journalists, writers, editors, or producers with at least three years experience. Preference will be given to print, online or broadcast journalists with staff positions, although freelancers will be considered;
- Staff seniority is not a criterion. A basic knowledge of biological principles and methods is advantageous, but is not essential;
- Journalists who previously participated in the Biomedical Hands-On Research Course are eligible to apply for the Environmental Hands-On Research Course. Journalists who previously participated in the Environmental Hands-On Research Course are eligible to apply for the Biomedical Hands-On Research Course;
- Applications from minority group members are strongly encouraged.
Please note there are two different applications: One for the Biomedical Hands-On Course and one for the Environmental Hands-On Course. Please be sure to fill out the correct application.
Hands-On Course applicants who also wish to be considered for a Chicago Fellowship (to be held October 28-31, 2018) will provide an additional essay with their application materials.
For more information, visit MBL Logan Science Journalism Program.